Final week of play to determine championship field - LSC Office
The Lone Star Conference softball season is down to one week of play. Four teams - Midwestern State, Southeastern Oklahoma, Angelo State and Incarnate Word - have clinched a spot in the championship set for May 5-6-7 in Durant, Okla. The remaining four berths and seeding are up for grabs with three league games left for all teams except for Central Oklahoma, who has completed their schedule.
LSC softball teams are 407-306-2 overall, with a 214-180-1 record in the South and 193-126-1 in the North this season. The squads are currently 92-42 combined versus Heartland Conference squads and 41-40 against the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, which are the other two conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.
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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Lisa Ripperger, Northeastern State University, SO, 2B, Jenks, Okla., Jenks HS
Ripperger helped lead Northeastern State to two wins in three outings on the road at Cameron last weekend. The sophomore was 8-for-10 at the plate, and belted two doubles and two home runs with six RBI. She had a 1.600 slugging percentage and on on-base percentage of .818. Ripperger was 3-for-3 with two doubles in a 2-1 loss in the opener, then came back to go 3-for-4 and 2-for-3 in back-to-back games with a homer in each outing, as NSU won, 7-6 and 4-1.
Rachael Steverson, University of Central Oklahoma, JR, Pitcher, Yukon, Okla., Yukon
Steverson was a dominating force in the circle in pitching UCO to a pair of wins last week as the Bronchos wrapped up the regular season. She allowed just 11 hits and two runs (one earned) in 18 innings, striking out 11 while opponents hit just .180 against her. The junior right-hander pitched a complete-game five-hitter in a 2-1 upset of No. 16-ranked Emporia State and came within a weak infield hit of a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over Southwestern Oklahoma. Steverson needed just 67 pitches in that contest, striking out five, and didn’t allow a base runner until SWOSU’s second batter in the seventh inning reached on an infield single. Steverson then struck out the next two batters to finish off the one-hit shutout.
Bailey Vrazel, Texas Woman’s University, FR, SS, Danbury, Texas, Danbury
Vrazel helped the Pioneers to 2-1 record in a key three-game series at Texas A&M-Kingsville. TWU is now in a three-way tie for the final conference tournament spot. Vrazel led the team with .563 batting average and .588 on base percentage for the week. She stole eight bases to push her season total to 69. Vrazel is now two from tying and three away from breaking the school and LSC record for stolen bases in a season (71).
Briana Sanchez, University of the Incarnate Word, SO, RHP, San Antonio, Texas, Marshall
Sanchez started two games and won both with complete-game performances. In game one at Eastern New Mexico she fanned 10-plus batters (11) for the 12th time this year and is now 10-2 with double-digit strikeouts. In game three against the Zias, she worked five innings allowing only a single hit in the last inning as UIW run-ruled ENMU to improve to 19-9 on the year.